Welfare Reform You will probably have seen on the news, read in the paper or heard on the radio about the changes to benefits. This leaflet gives information about the changes that could affect your Housing Benefit and support that is available. Arabic Pashto Polish Russian Somali Spanish
Bedroom Tax What is the Bedroom Tax? Bedroom Tax means if you have any spare bedrooms, your Housing Benefit will be cut. The reduction is 14% per week for one spare room and 25% per week for two or more spare rooms. So how does it work? • You are entitled to one bedroom for the main resident and partner, and one bedroom for every other person over 16. • For children under the age of 10, two children are expected to share, and between the ages of 10 and 16, children must share if they are the same gender. • If you share custody of a child, whoever receives the Child Benefit will get the bedroom allowance for that child. Who will be affected? If you are aged between 18 and 61 and living in a Council or Housing Association home, you could be affected by the Bedroom Tax. These changes will affect me – what are my options? You can either stay in your current home and pay the extra rent, or move to a smaller home. We can help you look for a new place to live. As a resident of Viridian you can also look for other people to swap your home with. You can find properties through the HomeSwapper website www.homeswapper.co.uk. Benefit cap What is the Benefit Cap? The Benefit Cap is a limit on how much you can receive in benefits. The new limits are: • £500 per week (£26,000 per year) for couples with or without children, and single parents • £350 per week (£18,200 per year) for single people without children. Who will be affected? This change will affect everyone claiming benefits and receiving more than the amounts shown above. It is likely that families with more than two children will be affected the most. If you add all your benefits up, not forgetting those you don’t normally receive yourself, such as Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit, which are paid directly to your landlord, this will help you see if you are going to be affected by the Benefit Cap. The cap will not include Working Tax Credits, Disability living Allowance/PIP or war widows/widowers’ benefits. Are you affected?